I am woman, hear me roar.
Exactly 97 years ago today, the 19th amendment was added to our Constitution granting women the right to vote. Now, we celebrate August 26 as Women’s Equality Day.
Women were finally given a voice and that right was a tough fight to win. Today is supposed to recognize the progress that women in our society have made, but also recognize that we still have a ways to go. Females are working their absolute hardest to have their important actions noticed and are continuing to fight for the protection of our bodies and our overall safety.
Our world has been absolutely appalling recently. With so much hatred, misogyny is happening left and right, but women won’t stand for it. Women have a long history of fighting for rights and winning. We still have a long way to go, but hopefully this list of powerful women inspire you to keep fighting and never give up because one day, we will have equality.
This list is only a teeny tiny handful of inspiring women who have made leaps in equality. It doesn’t include Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman, Princess Diana and so many others who have worked so hard, but hopefully this compilation will give you immense inspiration and make you proud to be a woman.
1. Michelle Obama
Our former first lady who has been #goals since she first entered the White House. She is a glowing example of what it means to be a woman by having a powerful career, raising a family, keeping healthy and encouraging other women every single day. Obama supported the #BringBackOurGirls campaign which began to raise awareness about over 200 young girls kidnapped in Nigeria. She also founded the “Let Girls Learn” campaign that promoted education for females in developing countries.
Beyonce has always been a feminist icon, encouraging female independence since her Destiny’s Child days. She works to empower women to embrace themselves no matter who they are.
3. Hillary Clinton
"I often quote Marian when she says that service is the rent we pay for living. Well, you don’t get to stop paying rent just because things don’t go your way. I know many of you are deeply disappointed about the results of the election. I am too, more than I can ever express. But as I said last week, our campaign was never about one person or even one election. It was about the country we love and about building an America that is hopeful, inclusive, and bighearted." —Hillary with Children’s Defense Fund founder Marian Wright Edelman
The former First Lady and secretary of state has fought for women’s rights for her entire political career and served as an icon of hope for other women when she ran for President of the United States. She openly called out Donald Trump on his sexist attitudes and has made it known that women need to be valued in every single part of the world.
4. Ellen Degeneres
Degeneres inspires people to be better and to do better. Her main motto is kindness and sheds light on people doing good in their communities. She came out as gay on public television and works everyday to inspire people to embrace who they truly are.
5. Serena Williams
Aside from being a successful female athlete, Williams has raised money to stop financial domestic violence and raised awareness about how the wage gap especially effects women of color.
6. J.K. Rowling
This author literally started from the bottom and worked her way up to fame selling over 400 million copies of the beloved Harry Potter series worldwide. Hermoine is one of the most popular and inspiring females in fantasy fiction. Rowling also openly supported the casting of an African-American Hermoine in a play and continuously speaks out about sexism and racism in our society.
7. Anne Frank
Anne Frank documented her life while hiding from German forces during World War II in her diary given to her by her father. Her diary was published after her death in a concentration camp when she was only 15 years old and remains as one of the world’s most read books.
8. Audrey Hepburn
Aside from being one of the world’s most well-known actresses, Hepburn became a UNICEF Ambassador later on in life. She traveled to many countries in order to highlight and hopefully amend various issues.
9. Mother Theresa
The Nobel Peace Prize winner tried to look after those who had no one to help them. She worked towards her goal of helping others until her health physically stopped her.
10. Amelia Earhart
The first woman to ever fly solo across the Atlantic and the first female pilot, Amelia Earheart decided to follow her dreams of flying across the world in 1937, but her plane went missing and was never found.
11. Margaret Thatcher
Thatcher had some controversial policies, but never gave up. She was known as the “Iron Lady” for her leadership style and became the first and only female Prime Minister of Britain.